Flemons invests himself into acappella through YouTube

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Flemons specifically teaches Algebra 2 and Precalculus.

Acappella is a growing phenomenon of which Stan Flemons, a math teacher at Decatur, has invested himself in. Flemons has created a YouTube channel and collaborates within an acappella community he has found.

“I started singing [acappella] ever since I was 7 or 8 years old with my family,” Flemons said. “Around early college is when I started to actually pursue it—singing it, recording myself and also participating in acappella groups.”

Flemons was drawn to acappella for a variety of reasons, such as listening to his sister’s collection of albums, but to the core of it all was his love for the “pure voice.”

“There’s just nothing like it; you can do so many things with the voice. There’s a lot of groups out there, like Pentatonix which is one of my favorites, where they emulate percussion sounds.”

Acappella is the concept of making music without traditional instruments and only with the voice. Noting this, Flemons said to be an acapellist, “You have to have a good ear to hear the harmonies as you’re singing.”

To aid his production of acappella music, Flemons uses a multitude of programs.

“I use a notation program, like Finale, to write and score the arrangements. Then I’ll go to a Digital Audio Station to record the vocals. I may also use a program called Melodime to help with pitch and fix pitch discrepancies a little bit. Then it’s just a matter of mixing the parts and putting some effects in there to make it sound alive.”

Flemons has participated in several collaborations, usually with around 15 other people in them.

Flemons sings to the song “Happy Birthday” with renditions of himself on top of each other. Courtesy of Flemons’s YouTube channel.

“People participating are from various countries like Australia, England, South Africa,” Flemons said. “Those 

[collaborations] are really cool because you get to see people around the world get involved.”

One collaboration Flemons participated in alongside many other people was the song “Words” about its namesake’s power.

“It was made popular by an acappella ensemble called ‘The Real Group’ from Sweden,” Flemons said. “There must have been 15 or 20 people on that one from around the world.”

Flemons discovered fellow acappella artists through Facebook groups that he has joined. For example, he found a multi-tracking group he then joined that is comprised of acappella artists that produce their acappella in a similar way to Flemons.

“There’s a Facebook group of acappella enthusiasts, and we just kind of found each other and help each other with various projects,” Flemons said.

Flemons describes acappella as “what I do outside of school.”

“My acappella takes a lot of time to arrange, record the videos and post them. Teaching does take a lot of time too, and I’m a part time instructor at Georgia State, so [acappella’s] more of a hobby.”

He hopes to expand on his acappella in the future, especially during summer when he has more time.

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